Woot! Travel Gleeners are back in stock

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Tackle fuzz on the fly with the Gleener on the Go. Smaller than a glasses case, this travel fuzz remover is compact enough to take anywhere that last minute wardrobe touch-ups are needed. 3 fabric safe edges eliminate pilling while a built-in lint brush dusts away pet hair and dandruff. Keep one in your purse, car, briefcase or desk drawer. Includes 3 fabric-sensitive edges and an integrated lint brush.

Purchase the Travel Gleener in our webstore.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Cabled Knit Cardigan by Patons

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(Photo: Yarnspirations)

The Cabled Knit Cardigan from Patons is a ‘twist’ on the traditional hoodie. The winding cables on a garter stitch background make for a unique and interesting take on this toddler wardrobe staple. Knit with worsted weight yarn, this will work up beautifully (and quickly!) in everything from Berroco Vintage and Spud & Chloe Sweater through Madelinetosh Vintage and Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label.

Shop worsted weight yarns in our online store.

–  Melissa

 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is WWKIPD!

WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY (WWKIPD) AT ESPACE TRICOT!

Enjoy 10% OFF ALL YARNS!

Join us on Saturday, June 18th between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
when we’ll take over the sidewalk in front of the store and engage
in some conspicuous knitting (and crocheting!) in celebration of
World Wide Knit in Public Day!

Bring your own chairs – drinks will be provided.

10% off all yarns + draws for some great give-aways!

Come and support your local crafting community and make new friends!

Melissa & Lisa


JOURNEE MONDIALE DU TRICOT EN PUBLIC A ESPACE TRICOT!

PROFITEZ DE 10% DE RABAIS SUR TOUS LES FILS!

Venez vous joindre à nous le Samedi 18 juin de 11h00 à 16h00.
Nous allons investir le trottoir et nous adonner au tricot (et crochet)
pour célébrer la journée mondiale du tricot en public!

Apportez vos chaises – des rafraîchissements seront offerts.

10% de rabais sur tous les fils + tirage de cadeaux!

Venez soutenir votre communauté artisanale et rencontrez de nouveaux amis!

Melissa & Lisa

Shibui Twig, Linen, and Silk Cloud – just re-stocked!

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Those who know us, know we love all things Shibui Knits so it’s always a happy occasion around here when our stocks of these exquisite yarns are replenished. Twig, Linen, and Silk Cloud are among our favourites – just see some of our store samples below for proof:-)


Twig

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A unique combination of three fibers, Twig knits into a soft and cool fabric with the kind of drape that is simply effortless.

46% Linen / 42% Recycled Silk / 12% Wool
190 yds / 174 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
22 sts = 4″ on 4 US / 3.5 mm


Linen

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Distinctive in its delicate, chain ply structure, Linen is a light and crisp yarn that grows softer over time.

100% Linen
246 yds / 225 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
26 sts = 4″ on 5 US / 3.75 mm


Silk Cloud

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This weightless yarn shines with radiance. Knit Silk Cloud solo for an ethereal fabric or combine for a glowing halo.

60% Kid Mohair / 40% Silk
330 yds / 300 m, 0.88 oz / 25 g
20 sts = 4″ on 7 US / 4.5 mm


Click on store sample images for project details on Ravelry.


22 Little Clouds by Martina Behm
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

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Color Block Cardigan by Chiaki Hayashi
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

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Color Craving by Stephen West
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Handmaiden Maiden Hair

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Cirrus by Nancy O’Connell
Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud

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Groovy by JumperCables
Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud

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Solo / L1 by Antonia Shankland
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Linier Top by Sian Price-White
Shibui Linen + Shibui Silk Cloud

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On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
Shibui Linen

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Slope by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Twig

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach
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SS15 | Tier by Shellie Anderson
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FW15 | Volute by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Silk Cloud + Shibui Cima

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Fancy Zebra by Melissa Clulow
Shibui Silk Cloud + Shibui Staccato

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Simple Luxury Scarf by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Manos del Uruguay Maxima + Shibui Silk Cloud

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Shop
Shibui yarns in our online store.

  Melissa

Customer Project Profile (+ New store sample!): Marie-Claude’s Gemini

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What is the name of the pattern?   Gemini by Jane Richmond.

What yarn did you use?  A mix of recycled cotton and silk purchased from Espace Tricot several years ago. (ET Note: We believe it was Rowan Summer Tweed, now discontinued).

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern?  Yes – it was an easy project and I enjoyed the seamless, knit-in-the-round construction.

What do you like most about the finished project? The yarn was a beautiful summer blend and a perfect match for the pattern.

Would you knit this again?  Yes, but I think I would make it a little longer.


We’ve just finished the Gemini as a store sample using DROPS Belle, a wonderful mix of cotton, viscose and linen.  As the name suggests, this lovely, top-down pullover has two sides to its personality depending on whether the lace is worn to the back or front – choose between the dressier versus more casual look as your own mood dictates. Knit in the round with DK weight yarn at a loose gauge, Gemini works up quickly and fits beautifully. A great summer tee!

Shop DROPS Belle in our online store.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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–  Melissa

TNNA Round-up: Mostly in pictures…

We’re back home after an exciting whirlwind trip to the TNNA show in Washington DC!  We reconnected with old friends in the industry and made new many new ones and had a great time placing orders for the Fall. Some fabulous new products will be making their way into the shop over the next few months so be sure to check in here regularly for updates. In the meantime, in case you missed them on Facebook, here some of the photos we snapped at the show…


Knitting in the hotel lobby on arrival (and most nights while at the show):-)

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Just a few from the TNNA Fashion Show – always fun!

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Madelinetosh!

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Choosing colours at the Anzula booth…

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Loved this display at Blue Sky Fibers…

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Wookstok (100% Fine Highland Wool) from Blue Sky Fibers coming soon, along with these fantastic hat kits.

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Aaah, Malabrigo. LOTS of this planned for the Fall.

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Kim and her assistant working hard at the beautiful Gleener booth. Some excellent new products from these folks coming soon!

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Jo Sharp – we fell hard for the Silk Road Aran…

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The newly launched Arranmore yarn from The Fibre Company (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk / 14 -17 sts per 4″) – gorgeous! We bought a little of this because it’s ah-mazing but may need to wait for the Canadian dollar to improve before ordering a full complement. Fingers crossed it will be soon!

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Koigu – always exquisite!

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Cooling off the credit card after day 1:-)

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Weaving, the next big thing. Mark our words…

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The heart-stoppingly beautiful Super Bulky from Freia. Yup! We couldn’t resist either.

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Thrilled to see that Knit Wear is back in production. One of our favourite mags.

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The luscious Manos del Uruguay booth…

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Casey and Mary Heather teaching attendees how to get the most out of Ravelry –

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ARTFIL represents at their first TNNA show. Beautiful!

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Jul Designs – seriously drool-worthy…

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SweetGeorgia Party of Five Mini-Skein sets in Tough Love Sock. Swoon. Coming in July :-)

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We ordered lots of roving so get your spindles and wheels ready!

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The Cocoknits Knitter’s Block and Sweater Care Kits will be in store soon!

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Shibui Knits – need we say more…

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Jade Sapphire! Needless to say, we would take all of this home with us if we could!

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After many requests – hanger shaped metal sock blockers. Found and ordered!

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This is chock full of handy tools and charts. Everyone needs one in their notions pouch.

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Decisions, decisions…

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Heading home – tired and punchy but re-energized too:-)

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–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Ojete from Fairmount Fibers

Just a day late…:-)

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(Photo: Fairmount Fibers Design Team)

Ojete by the Fairmount Fibers Design Team is a beautifully simple and sunny summer shawl knit with just one skein of Manos del Uruguay’s Fino yarn.  Elegant and refined, Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the lustre of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for luxurious accessories like this one.

Knit on 5mm needles, this gorgeous shawl will knit up in no time!

Shop Manos del Uruguay’s Fino in our online store.

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(Photo: Fairmount Fibers Design Team)

–  Melissa

Project Profile: Francoise’s Linen Shawl

Next up in our featured projects series is Francoise’s linen shawl.  As our newly minted store manager, Francoise has quickly become an indispensable part of the Espace Tricot family!  She keeps us all organized, ensures stellar customer service, works through a dizzyingly long to-do list on a daily basis, and still manages to produce a steady stream of beautiful and inspiring projects. Her latest, this gorgeous summer accessory…

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What is the name of the pattern?   Ship to Shore Shawl by Katie Rempe

What inspired you to knit it? I was looking for a linen shawl to knit (and teach a class on) and liked the crispness of not only the linen but also the different stitch patterns.

What yarn did you use?  Montoya Beach from Punta Yarns – a beautiful pure linen yarn.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern?  Yes! The stitch pattern changes so often that you never get bored.

What do you like most about the finished project? I love how the linen softens up after washing. And I enjoy its asymmetric shape (after having knit quite a few traditional triangular and crescent shaped shawls).

Would you knit this again?  Yes. I could also see myself knitting this as a gift as it is a quick project with nice results.

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Thanks Francoise!

Espace Tricot Notes:

We’ve actually knit this shawl as a store sample with Quince and Co’s linen yarn Sparrow and love the interplay of the different stitch patterns in this lightweight accessory.  As expected, the linen gives the shawl a crisp structure, lovely drape, and a cool, dry hand – all amazing qualities in warmer weather.

Shop Montoya Beach in our online store.
Shop Sparrow in our online store.

Our Ship to Shore Shawl in Sparrow

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–  Melissa

It’s TNNA time!

Lisa and I are off to TNNA in Washington DC today for our annual yarn shopping spree! TNNA is one of the largest industry trade shows of the year where retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, publishers, and designers all come together to show and discover new products, designs, trends, and techniques.  We’re on our usual mission to bring the latest and greatest on the knit, crochet, spinning (and maybe even weaving) scene back to Espace Tricot! Stay tuned.

Blogging may be quiet through the middle of next week but we’ll try to update from the show if we can – watch our Facebook page!

–  Melissa

New store sample: Puerperium by Kelly Brooker

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The lovely and practical Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker is perfect for any little newborn. Knit with one skein of the extremely soft and versatile Borgo de’Pazzi Pima Cotton (including the coordinating hat) this makes a wonderful gift to welcome baby into the world. A simple and straightforward pattern. Available in newborn size only (3-4kg birthweight (7-9lb)).

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Shop Borgo de’Pazzi Pima in our online store.

(Note: Coordinating hat is Top Knot by Lola-JoJo)

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For a bold and colourful alternative, here is our sleeveless store sample knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label! Click image for details on our Ravelry project page.

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New store sample: Fox Scarf by Gina Michele

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Fox Scarf by Gina Michele is a sweet, cruelty-free play on the popular fur scarves of the 20’s and 30’s. Knit in a day, this is a fun, quick project for your little ones. Also available in adult size. We used Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky (in Citrus and Antler) on a 5 mm needle which gives the scarf great structure and stitch definition.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Shop Madelinetosh Chunky in our online store.

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–  Melissa

This week only – all NORO yarns 20% off – In-store and online!

Tuesday, June 7th through Monday, June 13th.

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Enjoy 20% off all in-stock NORO yarns – this week only!
Tuesday, June 7th through Monday, June 13th

Noro produces incredibly unique yarns, seeking to “harmonize natural unevenness, asymmetric patterns and complex color to portray the beauty of nature. Noro garments are art!”.

Noro is dedicated to carefully selecting materials to produce yarn that doesn’t lose its natural properties. Impurities in the raw wool are carefully removed by hand without the use of chemicals or machines.  Noro’s colours are rich and strong and expertly worked together in gorgeous and, often unexpected, combinations. High quality dyes are used to ensure colourfastness and minimal discoloration, staining, or fading. The beauty of Noro is in its imperfection. Unlike other yarn, Noro is handmade and cannot be continuously spun without knots.  You may find a knot or two in your ball or hank. Don’t be upset, just go with it:-)

Here are a few store samples we’ve knit with the Noro range. Further down, follow additional links to view stunning projects created with these yarns on Ravelry!

SHOP ALL NORO YARNS ONLINE!


WHIRLIGIG with Taiyo (Aran)

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ENTRELAC SCARF with Silk Garden

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CRAZY MAGIC BOOMERANG with Silk Garden

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WINDWARD with Taiyo Lace

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RAVELRY PROJECT GALLERIES

Projects with Noro Silk Garden.

Projects with Noro Silk Garden Sock.

Projects with Noro Silk Garden Lite.

Projects with Noro Silk Garden Solo.

Projects with Taiyo Aran.

Projects with Taiyo Sock.

Projects with Taiyo Lace.


SHOP ALL NORO YARNS ONLINE!

–  Melissa

Join us on June 18th for WWKIPD / 10% off all yarns for the day!

WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY (WWKIPD) AT ESPACE TRICOT!

Enjoy 10% OFF ALL YARNS!

Join us on Saturday, June 18th between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
when we’ll take over the sidewalk in front of the store and engage
in some conspicuous knitting (and crocheting!) in celebration of
World Wide Knit in Public Day!

Bring your own chairs – drinks will be provided.

10% off all yarns + draws for some great give-aways!

Come and support your local crafting community and make new friends!

Melissa & Lisa


JOURNEE MONDIALE DU TRICOT EN PUBLIC A ESPACE TRICOT!

PROFITEZ DE 10% DE RABAIS SUR TOUS LES FILS!

Venez vous joindre à nous le Samedi 18 juin de 11h00 à 16h00.
Nous allons investir le trottoir et nous adonner au tricot (et crochet)
pour célébrer la journée mondiale du tricot en public!

Apportez vos chaises – des rafraîchissements seront offerts.

10% de rabais sur tous les fils + tirage de cadeaux!

Venez soutenir votre communauté artisanale et rencontrez de nouveaux amis!

Melissa & Lisa

New store sample: Slope by Shellie Anderson

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Slope by Shellie Anderson is a beautiful tank featuring a high-low hem and easy a-line shape. Shibui Twig lends just the right amount of drape and structure making this a simple, lightweight, and highly wearable summer wardrobe staple. Fresh and very chic!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Shop Shibui Twig in our online store.

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–  Melissa

Customer Project Profile: Annie’s Crochet Tote!

Next up in our series on customer projects is Annie’s beautiful and functional summer tote.

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What is the name of the pattern?  Crochet Tote Handle Bag by Tatiana Zuccalà

What inspired you to knit it? I wanted a unique tote.

What yarn did you use?  Bernat Handicrafter Cotton

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I enjoyed this pattern and love the texture of the bag. It’s a simple, easy-to-understand stitch pattern.

What do you like most about the finished project? It fits the shoulder well!! It’s unique and quite large; it makes a great beach bag.

Would you knit this again? Yes, but I would try it with a thinner yarn. Perhaps even a bamboo yarn.

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Thanks for sharing Annie!

Espace Tricot Notes:

We love everything about this bag. Good structure, beautiful texture, and a nice size. The pattern calls for a DK weight cotton and Butterfly Super 10 Cotton is a perfect choice. Imported from Greece, Butterfly Super 10 is 100% mercerized cotton with gorgeous sheen. It wears well, won’t shrink or pill, and is available in a wide range of colours.

Shop Butterfly Super 10 Cotton in our online store.

Another photo of the bag from the designer.

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(Photo: Tatiana Zuccalà)

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Vestigial by Beata Jezek

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(Photo: Hedgehog Fibres)

Beata Jezek’s Vestigial socks are knit top down, one at a time. The simple structure and easy textured stitch make these a great everyday sock pattern. Choose a bright, cheerful colour for stylish flare or something more neutral for casual understatement. Scroll down and you’ll see that this pattern is also a perfect choice for showing off your hand-dyed variegated yarns!

Click here to access free pattern on Ravelry.

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(Photo: Hedgehog Fibres)

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(Photo: Deeptone)

–  Melissa

LOQI bags re-stocked + New designs!

Our LOQI Bag collection has just been re-stocked. LOQI Bags are a strong, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and washable alternative to disposable totes. A fun and stylish on-the-go bag for all your knitting, crafting, and shopping needs. Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs!

We now have 28 different styles available with several new ones joining the party.

Shop LOQI Bags in our online store.

New styles!

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–  Melissa

Video tour of Espace Tricot

I wish we could say we had done this ourselves but, alas, although we talked about doing it, it  just never floated to the top of our to-do list. That’s why we were so thrilled to discover this great video posted by the wonderful knitwear designer Kathleen Dames who visited our store back in March.

Thank you Kathleen!

Watch Kathleen’s tour of our shop!

Browse Kathleen’s patterns on Ravelry.

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Julie Asselin Fino & Lang Mille Colori Baby

Julie Asselin Fino

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A heavenly soft and luxurious fingering-weight blend of merino, cashmere, and silk, Julie Asselin’s Fino yarn is ideal for luxurious shawls and accessories and lightweight garments.

31 gorgeous colourways  now in stock!

Browse / Shop Julie Asselin Fino in our online store.
In need of inspiration?  View projects knit with Fino on Ravelry!


Lang Mille Colori Baby

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Mille Colori Baby is a stunning, single-ply 100% merino superwash yarn that produces beautiful and unique scarves, accessories, baby garments, and more. Myriad hues wrap around each other and play in long transitions on each strand producing gorgeous complementary colour ‘stories’ in every ball.

Browse / Shop Lang Mille Colori Baby in our online store.

We’ve knit a few store samples with this one. Click images for project details…

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Zick Zack Scarf

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Click here for more Lang Mille Colori Baby inspiration.

–   Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Silken Straw Summer Sweater

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(Project photos [clockwise]: MizzBrittamemia, Rrrrroadrunnerknitter)

The Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho is a light summer slip of a sweater that is just as at home over a tank or camisole in the city as it is over a bathing suit at the beach. Beautiful in it’s simplicity, this garment strikes just the right balance between pulled-together elegance and casual comfort. A perfect addition to any summer wardrobe! We love the four versions pictured here – the one on the top left is knit with Louet Euroflax Sport while the other three are worked up in Shibui Linen – both 100% linen yarns.  Linen fabric is cool to the touch and knits up into light, airy garments that become softer with every wear.

Shop Shibui Linen.
Shop Louet Euroflax.

Project Profile: Amalia’s ‘Boxy’

Although we often hear that our product selection and store samples provide creative inspiration to those who shop chez Espace Tricot, we can honestly say, the reverse is also true! Between the handwork of our customers and our in-store consultants, Lisa and I have front-row seats to a steady stream of beautiful finished projects on a daily basis.  And that’s why we can hardly believe that we haven’t thought to feature them in this space before!  Well, we’ve come to our senses and today we’re starting a new, (hopefully) weekly, series on our blog  in which we will feature photos and a little information about some of the projects that come through our doors.

To get the ball rolling, our lovely in-store consultant, Amalia, shared the following about her latest stunner…

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What is the name of the pattern? Boxy by Joji Locatelli

What inspired you to knit it? I saw this on Ravelry and immediately wanted to knit it. I was looking for something simple that I can just throw on in the morning. I love Joji’s patterns, she has simple and modern designs suitable for any and all body shapes.

What yarn did you use? ARTFIL’s Belle in Cape Verde.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? Yes, despite the size! It was the perfect, mindless, knitting-in-front-of-the TV sweater. The yarn was also a pleasure to work with.

What do you like most about the finished project? The colour! I love how well the yarn is dyed. Pro- tip:  When working with hand-dyed yarns, knit from two different balls at the same time, alternating every two rows, to avoid sharp demarcations between skeins.

Would you knit this again? Most likely. If I knit another one for myself, I would probably modify it to make it a little smaller. I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of knitting it to knit a size smaller than what they think they should.

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Thanks so much Amalia! You look great:-)

–  Melissa

Don’t miss these great classes!

There are still a few spots left in the following courses which get started next Wednesday and Sunday, respectively. Call 514-486-5648 to register.


SHIP TO SHORE (Bilingual Class)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, June 1, 8, 15

This crisp, asymmetrical summer shawl made made with linen is a perfect way to foray into lace knitting. The different stitch patterns will keep you interested all along. You can knit the regular version with just one skein of Shibui Linen or a larger version like the one pictured above with three skeins of Quince & Co. SparrowRequired materials: the pattern, at least 246 yards of linen yarn (or alternative yarn of your choice), 5.5 mm / US 9 circular needles or needle size required to obtain gauge. Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl, BO


ON THE BEACH (Bilingual Class)
Amalia Siontas
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, June 5, 12, 19 

On The Beach by Isabell Kraemer is the perfect summer top for walking on the sand or in the city. Simple, fun, and seamless, this is one of our favourite warm-weather knits. Prerequisites: beginner to intermediate. Required materials: pattern, yarn to complete the pattern (Shibui linen), 4.5 mm and 5 mm needles.


Finished samples of both of these projects are available for viewing in store:-)

– Melissa